2013 Ponoka Stampede: Buckin’ Horses

Modern rodeo has 2 events that involve bucking horses: saddle bronc riding and bareback riding.  The 2 events differ in how the cowboy rides a horse.  In saddle bronc riding there’s a substantial, special saddle that the cowboys can use while riding the horse.  In bareback, as you can infer, the cowboy is just about... Continue Reading →

2013 Ponoka Stampede: Steer Wrestling

Steer wrestling is an event where two cowboys on horseback chase after a steer.  One of the cowboys dismounts his horse and wrestles the steer to the ground.  Both the steers and the horses are running at a pretty good clip so it’s an event of careful timing and execution. Out of the gate the... Continue Reading →

Getting to the Ponoka Stampede

After a day during Edmonton it was time to get into rural Alberta. If anything became clear over the next couple of days Alberta is more Texas than Texas. I was really surprised how far into the valley Edmonton really was. It definitely sits out on the wide-open plain. Ponoka is about 75 minutes south... Continue Reading →

Northward Ho!

Getting up to 4:30 AM sucks anyway you cut it. The early morning flight saves me from going back to San Francisco to then go back to Calgary.    The plan seemed simple enough: fly to Calgary, get a rental car, and drive to Edmonton.  We boarded the plane in Austin on time but after about... Continue Reading →

Austin is not Texas

Austin is not Texas. I think if anything, that was the biggest learning from this trip. Rob generously offered to host me in Austin, but it seems like life here kept getting away.  I learned in late May that Rob was leaving Austin and relocating back to his hometown in Florida. If I was going... Continue Reading →

New York in Black and White

The fourth stop on Atlassian's Road Trip was New York City. A quick change on the agenda allowed me to attend. I hadn't been to New York in a couple of months so was great to be able to go back in the spring rather than in the fall. Aside from that quick trip last... Continue Reading →


Taiwan felt more like Asia to me. The whole point of this trip was to come to Taiwan for work. We had some clients that needed training on the latest version of software.  I was scheduled to be here for 5 days. Since I got in late on a Sunday night, I was not as... Continue Reading →

Mass Transit Done Right

The part about Hong Kong that has really imprinted upon me the most is the density of the city.  Each of the subway stations I’ve been in there were people coming and going in mass.  Trains would arrive at least every few minutes at the slowest rate and every minute at peak.  In contrast CalTrain... Continue Reading →

Day 4: Hong Kong

By this point in the trip I was feeling pretty adept at rolling around Hong Kong. It was day 4 and I had the morning to poke around the area that was closest to my hotel.  I strolled into the market and bought some fruit for breakfast.  Since I was in Asia, Asian pears were... Continue Reading →

Day 3: Hong Kong

I slept hard last night. I guess I didn't really realize how much we had done yesterday. I've been reading a book that was recommended to me by a friend of a friend called Cowboys, Angels, and Armageddon. I've been reading as part of my time on vacation. I'm usually not an avid reader but... Continue Reading →

Day 2: Hong Kong

Today I woke up well rested after a long day traveling. Extreme time changes seem to be unpredictable for me. Moving the clock forward 16 hours has it's effect on me, but in general, the process has been much smoother than I had expected. Now that I'm here I really have no idea what I'd... Continue Reading →

Day 1: Hong Kong

I've never been to Asia. San Francisco was the closest to Asia that I've ever been aside from the occasional outing to the Chinese restaurant as a kid. When the opportunity arose to travel out to Taiwan for work, I jumped on it. With a bit of crowd sourcing on where to go, the masses... Continue Reading →

First Impressions: Apple Maps

Apple Computer has been getting a lot of bad press lately due to the removal of Google Maps from iOS and it's replacement of Apple's own mapping application. Rumor has it that Apple wanted Google to do turn by turn directions but Google refused and limited that feature to the Android platform. Apple then teamed... Continue Reading →

California’s Seven Federal Highways

This is a blog post that's taken 7 years to write. I started taking photos in 2005 for this one. In the United States we have two major sets of federally funded highway systems that connect cities across this land. Interstates - Most commonly known as the "superslab" amongst motorcycle riders. President Eisenhower championed the... Continue Reading →

Closing out Colorado

I left Boulder without my wallet and had to go back to Rocky Mountain National Park the most expedient way which unfortunately had all the traffic. Much like going to Yosemite it was slow going, with tons of cars, and no one willing to turn out. Once I got to the park I was relieved... Continue Reading →

Amazing: The Peak to Peak Highway

The Peak to Peak Highway is an amazing piece of asphalt. It was a part of my journey every day of the trip and other than the draconian speed limit management it's always a wonderful addition. I'd compare it to Skyline Boulevard in the Santa Cruz mountains. I'm sure it's a staple of the Denver... Continue Reading →

US40 and the National Park

I wasn't exactly sure where to go on day two. I had heard from some locals that the ride up to Mount Evans wasn't actually all that interesting. Mount Evans I believe was the highest paved road in the United States. The few people I talk to just said that the ride wasn't actually that... Continue Reading →

The Highest Pass

I'd made a career of renting motorcycles in my teenage years. When we go down to the beach for spring break and summer vacation I'd make the 60 mile drive from Destin down to Panama City. Once arriving in town I take the test to get my permit and then take my hard-earned cash and... Continue Reading →

Sleepy Sarasota

Travels brought me down to Sarasota, Florida in the middle of June.  This trip I was scheduled to travel during the day but got moved to a red eye when Airtran decided to suspend daytime service between San Francisco and Atlanta.  I was unhappy about that.  Good news is I got to see a spectacular... Continue Reading →

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